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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty One

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty One

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In this article I continue my tour through the very useful Guide Book of United States Coins, focusing this week on the John Chalmers issues. As listed on pages 50-51, these are available in six different basic types. The threepence is the smallest denomination, followed by the sixpence of which Small Date and Large Date varieties are listed, followed by the shilling with either long worm or short worm, and then a shilling rarity with five rings.
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest installment of my travel through the pages of A Guide Book of United States Coins.  With your copy in hand you can turn to page 50 and follow this week’s discussion of Rhode Island Ship medals. Today these are available in two main collectible varieties, one with a wreath below the ship and one with without such an ornament. Very rare is one that has the word “vlugtende,” (which means “fleeing”) in the die. 

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Nineteen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Nineteen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest chapter in my “tour” of A Guide Book of United States Coins. In recent weeks I have been discussing colonial and colonial-related coins to the point where I have arrived on page 50. You can follow along in your own copy. I start this chapter with Pitt tokens, made in two sizes popularly called farthings and halfpence, but neither one bears a denomination.

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Eighteen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Eighteen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to my latest travels through the pages of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the eminently useful Red Book that first appeared in 1946 and is now in its 69th edition with a cover date of 2016. I am the research editor for the book, while the senior editor is Kenneth Bressett and the valuations editor is Jeff Garrett. Each year the preparation of the Guide Book takes many months at Whitman headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, as collectors, dealers and others contribute changes in prices and other information. 
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Seventeen

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Seventeen

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I continue my “tour” of the Guide Book of United States Coins. This week I am starting on page 48 so you can follow along. The subject is Higley coppers, not often called Granby coppers to my knowledge, but listed that way in the Guide Book. These are among the most interesting of all early American issues. They were made in copper, circa 1737 to 1739 by Dr. Samuel Higley of Granby, Connecticut, who held a degree in medicine from Yale College.
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